the Bear and the Eagle

U.S.-Russian Security Relations

Nov 12, 2018 | Maria Snegovaya

What do the recent midterm elections in the United States and the resulting changes in the composition of Congress mean for U.S. foreign policy on Russia?

A recent Foreign Policy analysis focuses on the aftermath of the U.S. midterm elections and argues that while the Democratic Party won majority in the House of Representatives, new sanctions on Russia were likely regardless of who won the elections:

“While the Russia question may have been a thorn in Trump’s side, the...

Oct 17, 2018 | Olesia Gretskaia

Is the pursuit of nuclear nonproliferation exclusively a government prerogative or can average citizens engage it as well? This was the question posed at an October 4th, CISSM Global Forum featuring Sara Kutchesfahani, senior policy analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and a research associate at the CISSM. 

Kutchesfahani‘s presentation sparked a particularly lively discussion among the forum participants, as there was wide disagreement about the best methods of containing nuclear weapons.
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Oct 2, 2018 | Maria Snegovaya

How is that the Trump administration’s policy toward Russia came to be “entirely at odds” with Trump's own pronouncements on the subject? A recent analysis suggests that part of the explanation lies in the work of senior National Security Council staffer Fiona Hill.

“For nearly two decades, Hill has followed Putin’s trajectory, from the glum apparatchik presiding over the chaotic post-Yeltsin years to the modern-day czar who flouts international law and is suspected of hiding tens of

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May 31, 2018 | Theresa Hitchens

Concerns that the increasing lack of security in the cybersphere could lead to conflict among states have been growing since the late 1990s. Russia introduced the first United Nations (UN) resolution on this topic in 1998. Since that time, there have been several multilateral efforts to build norms for use of the cybersphere. The two most important and most successful to date have been the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) process and the development by the Organisation for Security...

Apr 24, 2018 | Paul Massaro

Combating corruption is a cornerstone of the OSCE’s work. Under the banner of “good governance” and “rule of law,” the OSCE provides expertise at its secretariat in Vienna and at field missions in certain participating states on how best to build integrity and expunge corrupt activity throughout the region. In order to be more effective in combatting corruption, however, OSCE officials need to adopt a new, more thorough strategy for deploying its capabilities.

Increasingly, transnational corruption has become a central...

Apr 20, 2018 | Yevgen Zagudaev

In early 2016, Ukraine requested the deployment of an OSCE armed-police mission to its eastern regions to provide security in the run-up to the elections stipulated by the Minsk armistice. Two years later, discussions between Germany, Russia, France, and Ukraine (the so-called Normandy format) and talks between the EU and OSCE leadership have failed to produce agreement on the mission’s mandate or scope. Why has it been an “impossible mission” to establish and mobilize an OSCE armed mission?...

Mar 30, 2018 | Rachael Gosnell

As the Arctic becomes increasingly accessible and as Arctic and Non-Artic states explore their strategic interests in the region, the potential for misunderstandings or even conflict rises. The Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum that includes all Artic-bordering states, has been an effective coordinating mechanism for many of the region’s challenges, but its mandate precludes it from addressing security issues. The Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) is in a good position to be able to fill this gap....

Mar 30, 2018 | Erica Symonds

As one of the few security organizations counting both the United States and Russia as members, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is well positioned to help improve relations between the two. In the 1980s and 1990s, the organization bridged divisions between Eastern and Western Europe on security issues. Could it foster cooperation on security matters between the United States and Russia today and bring the two together in less controversial areas as well? In a series...

Jan 31, 2018 | Guest author

The U.S. tax overhaul, which became law after President Trump signed the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act,” may become the most significant element of Trump’s domestic economic policy. It's unclear however, how the combination of tax cuts and increased military and infrastructure spending promised by Trump will affect overall economic conditions in the United States and internationally.

Jan 12, 2018 | Devin Entrikin

Russian and U.S. diplomats opposed commencing formal negotiations on legal or politically binding international measures aimed at governing the development, possession, or use of lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) at the first Group of Governmental Experts meeting held on the topic in November 2017.  

Representatives from 86 countries participated in the meeting organized by the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), which has held several informal discussions on LAWS in recent years. 

Russian delegates argued that...